It's time to get serious about home security. We live in a world where anything could happen and, after the events of the last few years, it's clear that the world we live in is getting more and more dangerous by the day.
If you've never considered the safety of your home before, it's time you sat down and took a long hard look in the mirror. This is your family's life you are risking.
What It Takes To Be Safe and Secure
In all honesty, you're never going to be 100% safe or 100% secure, but there are things that every homeowner can do to their home to ensure that theirs is, at the very least, a lot harder to break into than most of your neighbors.
Some things are simple, like ensuring that all of your locks are up-to-date and well maintained. Installing an alarm system is another no-brainer and can stop many would-be thieves in their tracks, while a security camera or two can go a long way to keeping you informed about what is going on in your home when you're not there.
Physical security and surveillance isn't the only thing worth focusing on, though. Here are a few more ideas.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Documents and Sensitive Information
This one seems obvious, but it's surprising how many people leave sensitive information lying about their house. If you have a pile of bills on your kitchen table, for example, anyone passing by your house can see what services you subscribe to and what your bank account number is.
It's also important to ensure that you have no identifying information in any online photos or videos that could fall into the wrong hands. As well as this, ensure that you don't store any sensitive documents or other things like social security numbers or credit card numbers in the cloud either.
Install Triple Glazing
If your windows are single-glazed, you really should consider putting in a security screen at the very least. The basic idea is that if someone tries to break into your house, the force of their entry can be broken up by the screen, opening up a potential space for them to get through.
With double or triple glazing, this shouldn't be an issue as it's unlikely that anyone would try and break in through an entry point.
However, with single glazing, this is much more of a concern, and it's important that you take steps to avoid this.
If you're ready to upgrade, be sure to get in a professional who has an understanding triple glazing or double glazing.
Set Up a Security Doorbell
If you still have an old-school doorbell, you really should consider getting rid of it and replacing it with a doorbell camera.
When someone presses your doorbell, the sound results in an alarm being sent to your phone, and you can then decide whether or not you want to open the door; this is especially important if the person or people standing on your doorstep doesn't look like someone you know or want to be there.
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